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"Fantastic. For anyone that has ever wondered about what `fair trade' means, this Beginner's Guide tells you everything you ever wanted to know and more." -- Alexandra Spieldoch - Director, Trade and Global Governance Program, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

"From coffee farmers to consumers, ceramics to certification, DeCarlo brings to life the history and depth of the Fair Trade movement." -- Rob Everts - co-Executive Director, Equal Exchange

"Jacqueline DeCarlo articulates the history and future of our movement, outlining the challenges in front of us and the opportunities for consumers to make a tremendous impact by choosing fair trade." -- Carmen K. Iezzi - Executive Director, Fair Trade Federation

"is a valiant effort to fill an unmet need in providing people a fairly inviting primer on fair trade" -- Green LA girl

Fantastic. For anyone that has ever wondered about what `fair trade' means, this Beginner's Guide tells you everything you ever wanted to know and more. -- Alexandra Spieldoch - Director, Trade and Global Governance Program, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Well researched, clear and concise. DeCarlo's personal involvement in the fair trade movement informs her writing and kept me engaged all the way through to the last page. -- Melanee Meegan - Marketing Director, Peace Coffee, USA

About the Author

Jacqueline DeCarlo is Fair Trade Program Advisor of Catholic Relief Services, and former Director of the Fair Trade Resource Network.
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Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (May 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851685219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851685219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline DeCarlo first encountered Fair Trade while traveling in Latin America in 1999 and soon thereafter became a volunteer with a coffee cooperative in Mexico. Through her travels and explorations, she came to understand first-hand the benefits of Fair Trade relationships to both producers and consumers. Convinced that Fair Trade offers a sustainable and empowering framework for understanding consumption and trade, Jackie returned to the United States determined to help educate other consumers about Fair Trade's power and potential.

Jackie's ongoing commitment to Fair Trade and responsible consumption is nurtured through her place of worship, the Bethesda Friends (Quaker) Meeting. In her free time Jackie enjoys jogging, drumming, and spending time with friends and family. In addition to her studies at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, Jackie earned her Master of Science in Administration from University College at the University of Maryland. Jackie returned to Agnes Scott to lecture as the 2007 alumnae-in-residence and is currently a Senior Program Advisor to Catholic Relief Services. She serves on the Steering Committee of Fair Trade Universities and Colleges.

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If you're looking for a cut-and-dry approach to fair trade, this is not the book for you. I was looking for something that really got into the functional side of fair trade business relationships, and was disappointed to see the author took the typical, tired, aid-focused approach. I firmly believe that artisans and agriculturalists in developing countries have a lot to offer in trade, and if we approach relationships with a win-win mentality, progress and development will follow. The author seems to believe the developed world needs to engage in these relationships as a form of assistance - I disagree 100%. Until we start to recognize the TRUE VALUE of products and services from developing countries, we will be trapped in a cycle of aid and handouts.
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In a direct style, the author presents us a lot of information and references as well as her impressive personal experience in Fair Trade, backed by a thorough research.

The title can be misleading: it is not only for beginners, as all Fair Trade followers can benefit from reading it. Jackie tells us how she has met with many relevant persons along the years, around the world and encourages us to keep working for a Fair Trade.
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Jackie's book is not just about the mechanics of fair trade and the numbers. Fair trade is about people. It is the story of how a fair wage and the ability to compete in a global economy make us all better.
This book is a fast, and easy way to learn about fair trade but it will start you on a life long journey to make yourself a better consumer and a better member of the earth's family.
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Required for a grad school class but it quickly became one of my favorites, and I reference it often.
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